A visitor, disguised in a wig and in a wheelchair, threw a pie at the famous portrait of Gioconda, which hit the glass that protects the painting. Before being expelled, he asked: "Think about the Earth". The man was in a wheelchair and wore a woman's black wig, the necessary disguise to get as close as possible to the woman. Mona Lisa, the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci that is on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris. The hall was full, as it happens every day when hundreds of visitors gather around the famous painting.. This time, visitors ended up capturing an unusual moment: when the person in the wheelchair got up and, suddenly, threw a pie towards the painting.
The situation was witnessed by several visitors, who shared it on social media. According to the reports, summarized by the newspaper El País, the painting was not damaged, thanks to the glass that protects the painting. Witnesses also revealed that the man responsible was immediately expelled, but not before leaving a loud appeal, which was captured and disseminated on social media: “There are people trying to destroy the planet, think about the Earth, think about the Earth” , he stated. “Artists think about the earth, that's why I did this.”
“Where is the Mona Lisa”
Leonardo da Vinci's painting has gone through many episodes throughout its history at the Louvre, such as when it was stolen. “Where is the Mona Lisa”, asked newspapers around the world in the summer of 1911. Da Vinci's most famous painting disappeared from the walls of the Louvre and the quest to find it would take two years, with the press following every step. In the Diário de Notícias, updates were made almost daily, in a column called Hestrangeiro - and in a section that would run through the newspaper for the next two years: "The case of the theft of Joconde from the Louvre Museum".
Mona Lisa is an oil on wood painting by the Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci between 1503 and 1506. Despite its small dimensions (77cm x 53cm), this work representing a mysterious woman has become, over the centuries, the portrait most famous in the history of western art.